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Today's Features

  • This year marks the 22nd Annual Butterfly Count in Los Alamos County, but this year the count carries a special meaning. This is the first such count since the passing of Living Treasure Dorothy Hoard, who initiated the Los Alamos County annual butterfly counts more than 20 years ago.
    As such, the annual butterfly count will from now on be known as the “Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count.” On Aug. 8, New Mexico butterfly guru Steve Cary will lead the count. In preparation for the count, butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will present “Butterflies You Might See in Los Alamos, and Some Fun Facts About Butterflies” Aug. 5 at PEEC.
    The count this year will be from 9 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Cary will identify butterflies and discuss their habits and life histories with count participants. Butterflies in three different habitats will be counted — mesa top, streamside and high altitude. 
    The count will be at Burnt Mesa in Bandelier on N.M. 4. The group will then move on to Cañon de Valle on N.M. 501 (West Jemez Road), expecting to arrive at about 10:30 a.m. At around noon, the group will go up to Camp May to have lunch and then continue counting until 3:30 p.m.

  • For many, Chinese opera remains something of a mystery. Some have never had the chance to view these works that, while being very beautiful and entertaining, are also incredibly different from the Western style of opera. “Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” a piece by Huang Ruo and Candace Mui-ngam Chong, does a nice job of mixing Chinese and American opera styles in order to reach a broad audience. Granted, it is still a very different experience than one would expect from, say, a Mozart opera, but it is definitely worth viewing.
    Conductor Carolyn Kuan is delightful. She and her orchestra produce an outstanding array of sounds, ranging from relentless percussion in sections that moves the action and helps the audience to feel the anxiety and fear of the characters, to graceful sustained passages that underline the romantic nature of the characters’ action on stage. Kuan has done an outstanding job with this difficult piece, as has the orchestra.

  • Los Alamos
    Rose Chocolatier, 991 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: June 10
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Restroom door needs to be self closing.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.
    Pojoaque
    Pojoaque Valley Little League, address not available
    Date inspected: June 11
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Food stored at improper temperatures, which was corrected at time of inspection. Sanitizer ammonia levels are too high, which was also corrected. Three compartment sink needs two inch air gap between sink and wall. One moderate-risk violation. Crock pots used must be NSF. Two low-risk violations. Hood and vents need to be turned. Screen doors need to be replaced.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Aug. 20.
    Santa Fe
    Santa Fe High School, 2100 Yucca Road
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Food temperatures in danger zone, milk sitting in sun waiting to be loaded. One moderate-risk violation. Ice machine has grime build up. Two low-risk violations. Food storage item boxes on floor, must be six inches off the floor. Coolers are loaded with food out side.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on June 16.

  • Get those cameras ready, polish those smiles and say cheese. Or tuna. Or kibble.
    Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2015 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 6.
    Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal, or an abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet. Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year’s calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year’s calendar.
    Entry forms are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea and the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
    The entry forms include entry information, as well as tips on getting great photos of your pet. Entries can be submitted by mail to Friends of the Shelter, P.O. Box 1402, Los Alamos 87544, or electronically to virginiaking65@gmail.com, or via the shelter’s website at lafos.org.
    Friends of the Shelter, a humane organization based in Los Alamos is trying to improve the quality of life for unwanted pets and find homes for homeless animals.
    FOS works closely with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, local veterinarians and other humane societies.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Summer Camp Showcase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. On display until Aug. 2.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Friday
    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. AA “White Rock Group” Meeting, 7-8 p.m., White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Dr. at 36th Street. 920-8799.

    First Friday Forts at PEEC. 3:30-5 p.m. Come build a fort or cook up something good in the mud kitchen. Parents must stay and supervise their children. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • The historic D.H. Lawrence Ranch in Taos County will now be open to the public, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the University of New Mexico (UNM), D.H. Lawrence Ranch Alliance and the Taos Community Foundation.
    The ranch, which has been closed to the public since 2010, is accessible from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday through October.
    The Taos Community Foundation established a grant to hire a UNM staff member who will provide public tours and information of the property. The Taos-based D.H. Lawrence Ranch Alliance is also working with UNM-Taos to create a volunteer docent program to staff the ranch on a regular basis. In fact, UNM-Taos is offering a course designed to acquaint prospective docent volunteers with the ranch and the writer. Visit taoscf.org/dh-lawrence-ranch for details.
    Lawrence was a renowned 19th century writer revered for his achievements in other artistic forms including travel writing, journalism, drama and painting, among others. Nine of his oil paintings have been on display in the La Fonda Hotel in Taos since his death. Lawrence is best known for his works, “Sons and Lovers,” “The Rainbow,” “Women in Love” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC-8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay – 7-29-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Jennifer Hollingsworth
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – La Mesa fire – A Wake-Up Call?”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Art exhibits
    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, announces IMPACTS! an exhibition of Japanese contemporary art. Show will run from Aug. 19-23, ZBCA will host a series of special events relating to Japanese contemporary art and culture at the gallery, including panel discussions, film viewings, artist talks, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and a live painting by AI Kato. There will be a grand opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22. This exhibition will run through to Sept. 22.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird: Native American Contemporary Jewelry. The public reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 21. The artists will be present.

    Vivid: Dolores Purdy at Morning Star Gallery in Santa Fe. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24. For more information, visit morningstargallery.com.

  • First of all, as an adult, I apologize to all students for the rash of commercials for back to school.
    Can you imagine if we had to see commercials for all of the things we have to do at work, over and over again?
    Yes, the time is almost here, but it seems so very early.
    Registration for middle school is Friday and Monday, with a great orientation on Aug. 12 and high school registration is Aug. 5-6.
    Elementary schools are getting ready for the meet the teacher and the days when families can drop off the multitude of school supplies. Oh, those are some really fun days when the whole family can enjoy the gatherings.
    This year the middle school has a great new program for the incoming seventh graders and the high school has one for freshmen.
    Staff members have been taking classes and putting plans in place for new programs and projects.
    A great deal of landscaping has taken place to trim the weeds, plant new things and add some new items for the upcoming school year.
    Custodian and facilities staff have been working hard, painting, cleaning and waxing to put a shine on everything in sight.
    Now the rest is up to parents and caregivers. After a bit more time for fun, it will be time to get a few things in order for the big day.

  • Today
    How to Identify Wildflowers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn from two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, how to identify wildflowers. Wednesday evenings, beginning July 30 with a classroom session at PEEC. The remaining three sessions will be conducted in the field. Advance registration required. $70/$58 PEEC members for all four sessions, including materials fee. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Summer Camp Showcase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. On display until Saturday.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week is double tickets, for every $5 spent at a booth, receive two tickets. Double chances to win in the next contest. County Council will also be at the market.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.